I’ve taken a break from the usual stuff this month in celebration of National Poetry Month. Every post this month is poetry related. For those of you who have come to enjoy the Wacky Wednesdays, Coffee and Contemplation, and other postings, they will return in May. I feel I needed a break from the usual stuff. It’s rejuvenating. Every post on Saturday and Sunday this month is new, previously unpublished poetry. All these featured poems come from my newest collection of poetry which is coming April 13. To learn more, check out the Black Chaos Page. The eBook is available for pre-order and several platforms and the paperback will be available on April 13.
I also have some spontaneous projects coming. These sort of popped up without much planning and I’m trying to finish them before I lose momentum. I have more information as I get closer to completing them. Some of that includes more serial fiction. I have a couple stories in development. One I hope to have finished by the end of the month. Once I have a couple more ready and available, I’ll update you all on my personal online store and tell you about some of the new products I have. I’m getting a lot of great feedback on one of my new items and I hope to have a few more before the Summer. That’s all for now. The regularly scheduled blogging will continue in May.
This will be a busy Wacky Wednesday. There are a lot of holidays to go over. This is the most I’ve seen since I started this thing. First, we must go through our slang words from the 1920s. You’ve probably heard of a couple of these. Our first word is Beef. This refers to having a problem with something or someone. Consider the phrase “There was beef between them.” Next, we have my favorite the Bee’s Knees. This refers to an extraordinary person, thing, or idea. Beezer is another name for that weird thing in the middle of your face, the nose. And finally, the phrase Behind the Eight Ball refers to being in a difficult position or in a tight spot.
As I said, there are a lot of holidays today. First, let’s go over our token food holidays. Today is National Clams on the Half Shell Day and National Tater Day (tater meaning potatoes). Also, today we celebrate National Bunsen Burner Day, National Crayon Day, and National Prom Day (yes as in high school prom). And finally, the holidays that always occur on the last Wednesday of March, National Little Red Wagon Day and Manatee Appreciation Day. All these holidays are self-explanatory but feel free to look them up if you’re not sure what they’re about. Wacky Wednesday posts will take a break during April as we celebrate National Poetry Month. They will resume the first Wednesday of May.
Today’s discussion is on “The Damnation Game” by Clive Barker. This was an unusual story. It took a while for things to get going. The beginning had enough going on to keep me interested, but it took it’s time getting there. I would say it was about midway through the book that the story took off and the pacing picked up. The origins of the supernatural being are not fully explained. This makes things interesting because it’s as if the reader knows about as much as the main character. The story had some interesting visuals that make me wonder why this hasn’t been adapted to film or television.
This is the first time I’ve read anything by Clive Barker. While I’ve seen the “Hellraiser” films I’ve never read those books. I am more interested in those stories after having read “The Damnation Game.” Of the many books I’ve mentioned in these discussion posts, this one was not my favorite. I enjoyed reading it, but it’s not one I would want to revisit. It was an interesting story. I think it could have been executed better. My biggest complaint is the pacing in the beginning. I also wish it had more terrifying moments. There were some but I didn’t feel the terror the same way the characters did.
I do recommend this book though it isn’t my favorite.
Spooky Spider Scale (How scary was the book?): 5/10 spiders 🕷️🕷️🕷️🕷️🕷️
Overall rating: 4 stars ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐